This year, next year

I thought I’d share something a little more personal today.

This time last year I was in the middle of coming clean from using a vast amount of morphine to manage chronic pain. It was a tough and painful time, both for me and those close to me. Our christmas was not the usual affair. We were between homes and living in a lovely apartment in Østerbro for three months. It was a cosy place and we were grateful to have it but it wasn’t our place. My son was aware of my health situation not being normal and it had an impact on him.

This year Christmas is going to be different and better. I am still managing chronic pain but whilst it isn’t nice it is under control. We are living in our house and are settled. My son is getting on well at school and is looking forward to going on a Christmas steam train trip (which last year I spent shivering and sweating thanks to withdrawals), putting up our tree, getting up at the crack of dawn to see what Father Christmas has brought, heading to the forest for a few days after christmas. It is going to be a cosy time and hopefully stress (and sweat) free.

As some longer term readers will know in January 2015 I had a serious cycle accident. There was a long journey of recovery and whilst I have almost complete movement back in my arm I have been suffering from chronic nerve pain which I manage by taking medicinal cannabis (read more about that here). I had an ultra sound with a neurologist in Vejle back in September and the results were finally conclusive and I have surgery to release my ulner nerve planned for the end of January. Again there will be another tough road for recovery – acute pain for a few weeks whilst I heal, more physio but hopefully the end of chronic pain.I have plans for my business in the new year; podcast, new book and some special events but first I need to get my health sorted once and for all.

As usual I shall probably be taking a Christmas break from blogging here (I may pop in if I have something to share) but in the meantime I wish you a very merry Christmas and a happy and healthy 2018. Thank you again for taking the time to read this blog, which I hope has been useful and entertaining, it means a lot to me to have you here  (I say this every year but it is true every year!)

If you want the low down on New Year’s Eve you can get hold of my mini guide about how to celebrate Danish style here. 

And if you are still wanting to read about Christmas this guide is still available.


  1. Thank you for your writing and your blog – my partner and I hope to be moving to Copenhagen in 2018 and you have been inspirational and motivational.

    All the best to you and your family – have a great Christmas and all the best of luck with your plans for the New Year!

  2. A very Happy Christmas and a wonderful New Year ahead. Best of luck with the surgery. I hope it will resolve the issue for you. I love reading your blog. Please, keep it up.

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